Two days may not seem like much time, but you can accomplish a lot in your garden in a weekend. In addition to the weekly chores of weeding, mowing the lawn and deadheading flowers, there's time to get started on a new garden project. Before beginning, make sure you have all the tools and materials you'll need.
Lots of fruit grows in home gardens without a huge amount of space. For instance, plant dwarf or semi-dwarf fruit trees. Most fruit trees will grow if trained as espaliers with a central trunk and leader branches growing laterally from the central trunk. This method of pruning saves space and produces a good crop.
Grow grapes up and across an archway. Plant strawberries under the archway with raspberries and blackberries in back of the strawberries. Contain the canes of the blackberries and raspberries by growing them between two sets of wire attached to poles. The wires should be two feet apart from the main stems of the berries. As they grow, tie the canes to the wires and clip any branches outside the wires. Add a cantaloupe plant on one side of the fruit garden and a watermelon on the other. Both are heavy feeders, so add lots of compost to the soil.
Kitchen Container Garden
Creating a kitchen container garden is as easy as filling pots with soil and popping in seeds. Place the containers as close to the kitchen door as possible while still making sure they receive at least six hours of sun daily. In early spring, plant seeds of leaf lettuce, kale, spinach, English peas and snap peas. Edge the pots with sweet alyssum for a consistent look. In summer, plant tomatoes, bush beans, string beans and peppers. Grow pole beans and cucumbers up a trellis. Edge the pots with marigolds for a colorful touch.
Children love to garden, and they'll learn by experience while doing it. Prepare the bed by digging down at least 12 inches and adding four inches of compost or other organic materials. Mix well and level the bed.
Easy seeds for little hands to manage are sunflowers, zinnias and nasturtiums. All sprout and grow quickly. Vegetables include radishes, which seem to sprout overnight, strings beans and peas. Lettuces have small seeds but germinate quickly and can be harvested as soon as the leaves are 3 to 4 inches long.
Plant tomatoes as transplants rather than from seed. The seeds take a while to germinate and get to the size they being producing fruit. Children may not have the patience to wait that long. Transplants give you a 30-day head start on planting from seeds. Edge the garden with marigolds, which also are easy to plant.